– Assures of safety measures for cyanide control
Canada-owned, Guyana Goldfields Inc., which is being described as the biggest investment in the local gold mining industry, projects 3.97 million oz. of gold production with the Aurora goldmines project over a 17-year period.
SAG mill making its way to Aurora, Region Seven
The statement was made at the company’s Annual General Meeting, early last week, where stakeholders were updated on operations. Currently, the Aurora site, Region Seven, is under massive construction for gold operations to begin mid-next year.
In addition to future projections, the company revealed that the US$6 million SAG mill has arrived and is currently being installed.
The purchase of the 7.9 x 6.0 metres (5.5 MW) SAG mill for the company represents its primary grinding solution for the initial milling facility is a significant milestone in the development of the project, Guyana Goldfields said.
According to President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Caldwell, as the Aurora project comes closer to starting gold production, Guyana Goldfields has been given clearance by the Government of Guyana to employ up to 900 persons, as construction continues.
Stakeholders were also assured that the company has adopted safety systems in case of a dangerous cyanide spill.
“All of the facilities where the cyanide is handled are designed with protective measures,” said Caldwell. He went on to explain that if cyanide units were to burst then the plant would shut down in order to address the spill. Further measures would include neutralising the poisonous substance to that it can be effectively treated.
The assurance would be relevant as the last large scale miner, Omai Gold, came under scrutiny after a reported 3.4 million cubic meters, or 900 million gallons, of cyanide-laced water was released into the Essequibo waterways after a dam failure.
The company also highlighted that it is taking measures in adhering to environmental regulations. In fact, according to Chief Operations Officer (COO) Lello Gallass, it was estimated that the original plan would affect 3900 hectares of land, 2010. However, over eight years of research has resulted in a reduced plan of 800 hectares.
This along with environmentally conscious training programmes with employees, the COO said, is in keeping with the company’s commitment to environmental policy.
The company was hailed by stakeholders for their transparency in how operations are proceeding.